As usual, the Liberty Lake course deceives you by looking level when it's actually going up hill. But you are less deceived with each lap. The killer run up was rideable for the strongest racers. So not so much for me. The beach was a blast. I kept my weight back and my hands light on the handlebars and cut through the sand really well. Then we touched on the water and started coming back through the sand. And you could tell it was a climb. But it was fun. I managed a couple of soft crashes in both slick mud and loose dirt. But I stayed upright in the gravel turns. One fellow was not so fortunate and broke his collarbone.
Last hand up and a coast to the finish line.
The Bike Hub was on hand with beer hand ups and I grabbed one every lap on both races I did. Hydration is very important.
I can still see where I'm going.
All photos by Phyllis Benish.
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